Africa Now March 25, 2015 Racial Inequality in Brazil; Businesswomen & Social Responsibility

Topic: Struggle against Racial Inequality in Brazil; Social Responsibility and Empowerment of Businesswomen; and Remembering Selma and Sharpeville.  First Africa Now! would like to take this opportunity to remember two milestones in the Africa World—Selma and Sharpeville.  Also today is the International Day of the Remembrance of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  As you are aware this month we commemorated the third march from Selma to Montgomery which took place 50 years ago on March 21, 1965—the first one was on March 7 also known as “Bloody Sunday”; and the second one on March 9.  Also 55 years ago on March 21, 1960 South Africa witnessed one of the worst massacres when 69 people were killed by the apartheid regime’s police in Sharpeville.  The victims were peacefully demonstrating against apartheid laws restricting the movement of Blacks.

Ms. Tonija Navas (L) & Ms. Selma Moreira (R)

Ms. Tonija Navas (L) & Ms. Selma Moreira (R)

As Africa Now! commemorates Women's History Month, the show focuses on the work of two women,  Ms. Selma Moreira and Ms. Tonija Hope Navas—one from Brazil and the other from U.S.—who are actively working against inequality as it affects people of African descent in Brazil and connecting that struggle with the one here in the U.S.  Africa Now! also presents this topic in the context of the International Decade of People African Descent, which commenced January 1, 2015 and ends December 31, 2024.  We also present this topic today in the context of today being the International Day of the Remembrance of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  As Africa Now! commemorates Women's History Month, the show also focuses on Social Responsibility and Empowerment of Businesswomen.

Guests: Ms. Selma Moreira is the current Executive Director of Baoba Fund for Racial Equity.  Prior to joining Baoba last year, Ms. Moreira served as the project Manager for Inclusive Business in the ITCP-FGV (Technological Incubator of Popular Cooperatives—Getulio Vargas Foundation) and the Sustainability Manager for the Alphaville foundation before that.  She has a depth of experience building relationships between private and third sectors.  Ms. Tonija Hope Navas is the 1st Executive Director, Baoba Fund for Racial Equity-North America.  Ms. Navas has over 15 years of experience working with marginalized communities throughout the Americas.  Prior to joining Baoba, she served as Director of Programs for Latin America and the Caribbean and Special Projects at Phelps Stokes, where she managed a range of projects focusing primarily on youth leadership development in Afro-descendant communities, primarily in Colombia.  Ms. Margret Dureke, is a lawyer by profession and is the Founder and President of the organization called Women Empowered to Achieve The impossible (WETATi)- a global business network for women of all generations.

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